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Old 07-29-2014, 09:44 AM   #1
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So I have a piece of equipment that sits about 4ft in the ground with a concrete retaining wall around it. We started a project to seal around the bottom between the slab and the wall. To do this we had to hammer out the excess hydraulic cement that the previous owner used in attempt to seal it up. As we started to remove the cement we discovered the concrete at the bottom was loose and broke out very easily.

Long story short the attached picture is what I'm left with. Is there any way to fix this without replacing the entire wall.
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Old 07-29-2014, 09:59 AM   #2
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Dig it out, pore a proper footing and rebuild the wall.
Water proof before back filling.

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Old 07-29-2014, 10:00 AM   #3
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Block walls need to be waterproofed on the outside not the inside.
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First of all crack portion be removed easily to way out and many constructor with the help of new rebuild the wall for long life.
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Thanks for the reply, I'm in southern Maryland by the way. We would like to avoid tearing the wall out but we will if we have to, is there any way to fill it back and have it hold.
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Old 07-29-2014, 03:11 PM   #6
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It looks like you have water problem that needs to be addressed. Any wall repair is a bandaid fix if you don't solve that issue first.

Get the downspouts to daylight the water away from the area if they aren't now, and regrade around the recess if you don't have a pitch on your finish grade.You may need curtain drains too...I don't know based on what you've got posted.

Once you stop most of the water, you can chase the crack with a saw, then backer rod and caulk it...but it's a temporary fix at best, if it's under hydrostatic pressure. The wall doesn't appear to have signs structural failure in the picture......does it lean out or bulge? If it does then demo and re-pour.
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I attached two more pictures. if anything the wall is leaning in, which suggests its probably hollow behind it. Ground water seeps in all the time unless we are in a drought.

Its a poor design that I would have never put in, I'm just trying to make the best of it.
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Demo..re-pour.
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What stonecutter said, that wall is toast.

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